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CenturyLink launches gigabit service for Phoenix businesses

CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability, as of August 18, of symmetrical fiber-based Internet and data connection speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) for a significant percentage of Metro Phoenix businesses as part of a fiber network infrastructure expansion announced today in 16 cities.

“CenturyLink continues to make significant upgrades in Metro Phoenix to support our network with the rollout of PrismTV service just over a year ago. Today we announce that CenturyLink’s network in Metro Phoenix is capable of delivering 1 gigabit speed fiber service to select businesses,” said Ken McMahon, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for the Phoenix market. “Businesses have trusted CenturyLink for years, and now they can trust us with their most advanced IT needs as new technologies evolve and cloud computing takes root. CenturyLink makes it easy for businesses to navigate a complex and rapidly changing technology landscape. This is a great win for Metro Phoenix.”

By extending fiber-to-the-premise connections deeper into Metro Phoenix’s multi-tenant office buildings and surrounding business locations, the company has scaled its fiber network to offer competitive pricing on IP-based fiber bundles that converge data, Internet and voice service. Services in these bundles (www.centurylink.com/phoenix) leverage CenturyLink’s fast, symmetrical and affordable fiber connectivity while meeting the needs of businesses that desire business-caliber service level agreements, cloud-based applications and customer care ranging from supported to fully managed.

Fiber infrastructure has proven to be beneficial to economic vitality in many municipalities. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecast in 2009 that jobs depending on broadband and information communication technologies will grow by 25 percent from 2008-2018, two and a half times faster than the average across all occupations and industries.

CenturyLink’s fiber-based business solutions are flexible and agile to support a business’s productivity as it grows by enabling employees to work in the cloud, share multimedia files, stream video content and back-up data in real time. CenturyLink’s symmetrical upload and download fiber speeds of up to 1 Gbps outperform the slower upload speeds available through basic business broadband providers, including many cable companies.

“Businesses of all sizes rely on high speed networked and cloud-based applications to run their operations, serve customers, sell products, and interact with suppliers. Fiber-based services optimally deliver the capacity, scalability and performance that these business-critical applications require; however fiber is not yet directly accessible to many business locations throughout the U.S. CenturyLink’s expanded gigabit fiber network brings new ultra-high speed, competitively priced service choices to these underserved businesses,” said Rosemary Cochran, principal analyst at Vertical Systems Group.

CenturyLink is delivering some of the fastest Internet speeds in the United States. Today’s launch in Phoenix coincides with the company’s business and consumer gigabit service launch in 12 other cities and extends the service already available in certain parts of Omaha, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

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De Rito Partners, Inc. Releases Recent Commercial Transactions

Former Discount Tire sold in Peoria

De Rito Partners’ brokers Bruce Milton and Roger Brevoort represented the owner in selling a former Discount Tire to WIT Enterprises, Inc. The deal is for a 6,000-square-foot space just west of the southwest corner of 87th Avenue and Grand Avenue in Peoria, Arizona.

 

Stardust Building Supplies relocating

Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies is relocating to Glendale, Arizona at the northwest corner of 51st Avenue and Northern Avenue. Martin Leon of De Rito Partners represented Stardust in signing the lease for a 27,700-square-foot space.

 

Pizza Hut secures location in Peoria

Pizza Hut signed a lease to open a new location at 9151 W. Peoria Avenue in Peoria, Arizona. Morey Fischel of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in the deal for a 1,200-square-foot space.

 

Insurance agency opening in south Phoenix

Rodney D. Young Insurance Agency is opening a new location in south Phoenix, just east of the northeast corner of 19th Avenue and Southern Avenue. John Trujillo of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in the leasing of a 1,376-square-foot space.

 

Salon adds first Arizona location

Sola Salons signed a lease to open their first location in Arizona just south of the southwest corner of Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard in Phoenix. The tenant was represented by Matt Morrell of De Rito Partners and will be moving into a 6,776-square-foot space. Sola Salons is looking to add locations Valleywide. For more information contact Matt Morrell at 602-553-2937.

 

Wellness center opening in Mesa

De Rito Partners’ brokers Brian Bridgman and Justin Rihs represented the landlord in signing a lease to add Evergreen Wellness Center to the Center City Plaza in Mesa, Arizona. The deal is for 600 square feet at the northeast corner of University Drive and Country Club Drive.

 

Bosa Donuts adding another Valley location

Bosa Donuts signed a lease to add another Valley location at the southwest corner of Baseline Road and Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona. Steve Bonnell of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing the lease for a 2,400 SF space.

 

Wendy’s to open southwest Phoenix location

Wendy’s purchased 32,205 SF of land at the NWC of 35th Avenue and Baseline Road in Laveen, Arizona. Martin Leon and Chris Corso of De Rito Partners represented Wendy’s in the deal to open their first location in southwest Phoenix.

 

CenturyLink adding second “brick and mortar”

CenturyLink signed a lease to open their second “brick and mortar” location in Arizona, located just north of the northeast corner of Power Road and Hampton Avenue in Mesa. Paul Serafin of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing the lease for 1,425 SF.

 

Buckhorn Plaza adding beauty salon

Scharline’s Beauty Spot will be opening a location at Buckhorn Plaza, at the northeast corner of Recker Road and Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. De Rito Partners’ brokers John Trujillo and Trevor Clinch represented the landlord in completing the lease for 1,955 SF.

 

Barber Shop opening at Huntington Square

De Rito Partners’ broker Bill Bones represented the landlord in signing a lease to a barber shop at Huntington Square in Tempe, Arizona. The deal is for a 900 SF space at the center located at the northeast corner of Southern Avenue and Mill Avenue.

 

Biltmore Loan and Jewelry opening at Chandler Pavilions

Biltmore Loan and Jewelry signed a lease for a 2,000 SF space at Chandler Pavilions located at 54th Street and Ray Road in Chandler. Paul Serafin and John Palmieri of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in the deal.

 

Hard corner PAD sold in Gilbert

De Rito Partners’ brokers Brian Bridgman and Trevor Clinch represented the seller in completing a deal for a 3-acre PAD at the southeast corner of Lindsay Road and Guadalupe Road in Gilbert.

 

Salon and spa expanding with north Phoenix location

MW Studio 14 Salon & Spa signed a lease for 1,300 SF at the La Piazza Center in north Phoenix. Stan Sanchez of De Rito Partners represented the salon and spa in completing the lease at the center located just west of the southwest corner of Tatum Boulevard and Union Hills Drive.

 

Café opening first location in Peoria

De Rito Partners’ broker Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in completing a deal with Café 99 to open their first location. The lease is for a 3,800-square-foot space at Grand Center Plaza located just north of the northeast corner of 99th Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Peoria.

 

R&S Mattress expanding in Phoenix

R&S Mattress signed a lease to add a location at the southwest corner of I-17 and Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. Matt Morrell and Trevor Clinch of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing the deal for a 3,764 SF space.

 

Former restaurant in Avondale sold

Matt Morrell and Paul Serafin represented De Rito Partners in the sale of a 6,722 SF former restaurant building located just north of the northeast corner of Dysart Road and McDowell Road in Avondale, Arizona. The building was sold to new user Fiesta Mexicana.

 

Mexican food restaurant expanding to third location

Pedrito’s Mexican Food signed a lease to open their third location in Mesa, Arizona, at the northwest corner of Power Road and Baseline Road. De Rito Partners’ brokers Gordon Heckaman and Roger Brevoort represented the landlord in the deal for a 1,093 SF space.

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Arizona Business Community Supports HB2111

The undersigned organizations and businesses want to express their strong support for the passage of HB2111 with the floor amendment that will be offered by Senator Steve Yarbrough. This final amendment represents major concessions to address concerns that have been expressed by the city representatives.

This final amendment reflects the cities’ request for a separate online portal for the collection of sales taxes in the 18 non-program cities. In addition, the amendment reflects the cities’ demand to maintain the authority to audit single-location businesses in their city. Lastly, the amendment removes all of the changes to prime contracting tax except for the trade and service contractors.

While the Yarbrough amendment reflects major concessions to the cities that undermine some of the important reforms recommended by the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax Simplification Task Force, we believe this final proposal still reflects historic progress that deserves final passage.

The Senator Yarbrough floor amendment will provide for the following:

* Single Point of Administration – the Department of Revenue (DOR) will become the single point of administration and collection of TPT. However, at the request of the cities, there will be a separate online portal for the 18 non-program cities. Despite this concession, the cities remain opposed because they want to continue to require businesses making paper sales tax remissions to pay the state and city separately. Their proposal provides most small businesses no administrative relief from making multiple payments to multiple jurisdictions each month.

* Single and Uniform Audit – DOR will administer a standardized state audit program where all state and city auditors are trained and certified by DOR. Despite major concessions from the business community to allow cities to continue to audit local businesses, the cities continue to push for further changes that will undermine much needed reforms to standardize state and local audits.

* Trade/Service Contracting Reform – Service contractors working directly for an owner to maintain, repair, and replace existing property would pay tax on materials at retail and not be subject to the Prime Contracting Tax. During Task Force deliberations, the cities repeatedly conceded that this area of the prime contracting tax was problematic and should be changed. However, after almost a year of study and discussion, they have offered a change to the taxation of service contractors that provides no administrative relief and couples that change with a request that the state give the cities $80 million from use tax collections.

Arizona’s chaotic and dysfunctional sales tax system has been the subject of considerable controversy at the Capitol for over 30 years. The creation of the Task Force, as well as the appearance for the first time that the cities recognized the need for reform, gave Arizona businesses great hope that this system would finally be reformed. We strongly encourage state policymakers to pass a sales tax reform bill that is grounded in sound tax policy and focuses on reducing the extraordinary compliance costs on Arizona businesses.

Kevin McCarthy, President, Arizona Tax Research Association
Michelle Lind, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Association of REALTORS
Bas Aja, Executive Vice President, Arizona Cattlemen’s Association
Glenn Hamer, President & CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce
Steve Macias, Chairman, Arizona Manufacturer’s Council
Francis McAllister, Chairman, Arizona Mining Association
Courtney LeVinus, Arizona Multihousing Association
Michelle Allen Ahlmer, Executive Director, Arizona Retailers Association
Steve Chucri, President/CEO, Arizona Restaurant Association
Rick Murray, Chief Executive Officer, Arizona Small Business Association
Steve Zylstra, President & CEO, Arizona Technology Council
Greg Turner, Vice President, Senior Tax Council, Council On State Taxation (COST)
Lisa Rigler, President, Small Business Alliance AZ
Todd Sanders, President & CEO, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Tom Franz, President, Greater Phoenix Leadership
Connie Wilhelm, President, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona
Tim Lawless, Chapter President, NAIOP
Farrell Quinlan, Arizona State Director, NFIB
Ronald E. Shoopman, President, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Scot Mussi, President, The Arizona Free Enterprise Club
Matt Beckler, Vice President, Treasurer & Chief Tax Officer, Apollo Group, Inc.
Steve Barela, State & Local Tax Manager, Arizona Public Service
Steve Trussell, Executive Director, Arizona Rock Products Association
Michael DiMaria, Director of Legislative Affairs, CenturyLink, Inc.
Gayle Shanks, Owner, Changing Hands Bookstore
Michelle Bolton, Director of Public Affairs, Cox Communications
Nikki Daly, Owner, Flair! Salons
David Karsten, President, Karsten’s Ace Hardware
Reuben Minkus, Minkus Advertising Specialties
PetSmart, Inc.
Tina Danloe, General Manager, Pima Ace Hardware
Molly Greene, Senior Government Relations Representative, Salt River Project
Les Orchekowsky, President & Co-Owner, Sierra Ace Hardware, Inc.
Ann Seiden, Administrator/Corporate Public Affairs, Southwest Gas Corporation
Joseph Hughes, Director of Government Affairs, U.S. Airways
Walgreens Co.

Glenn Hamer is president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is committed to advancing Arizona’s competitive position in the global economy by advocating free-market policies that stimulate economic growth and prosperity for all Arizonans.

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D-backs announce 2013 promotional schedule

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced the 2013 promotional schedule, which includes three bobbleheads, a Wade Miley Garden Gnome and more than a dozen additional promotional items throughout the season. Individual tickets for each of these games, including Opening Day on April 1 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, will go on sale on Mar. 4. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Chase Field Ticket Office, online at dbacks.com or by calling 602.514.8400. Fans can also access exclusive presale opportunities by becoming a D-backs Insider at dbacks.com.

The first of the three bobbleheads is the Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead that will honor Hill for his two cycles last season (June 8). The other two bobbleheads will feature fan favorites Paul Goldschmidt (Aug. 10) and Miguel Montero (Sept. 14). The Montero bobblehead will be given away on Hispanic Heritage Day.

New this year, the D-backs will host a street festival prior to three games throughout the season (Apr. 1, Apr. 13, May 11, Sept. 14) that will feature food trucks, D-backs inflatables and several activities before fans enter the stadium.

Also on the promotional schedule are several $5 College Nights, School Family Nights, Choir Nights and Senior Days as well as Stitch & Pitch (April 13), four educational field trip days (April 29-May 2) and events for the Girl Scouts (May 11), a Camp Day (June 19), Cheer Night (August 31) and a Band Night (September 28). Three Mystery Ball events are also planned for April 27, June 8 and August 10. The club will host post-game fireworks shows, presented by Gila River Casinos, following 10 Friday night home games.

The D-backs 2013 promotional dates are available at dbacks.com/giveaways, with highlights below:

· 2013 Magnet Schedule, courtesy of Pepsi (First 50,000 fans on April 1 vs. Cardinals)
· APS Green Series (April 12-14 vs. Dodgers)
· Beat LA T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on April 13 vs. Dodgers)
· Jackie Robinson Day (April 25 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Outdoor Recreation Night (April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Wade Miley Garden Gnome, courtesy of Sanderson Ford (First 20,000 fans on April 27 vs. Rockies)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (May 10 vs. Phillies)
· Mother’s Day Tote Bag, courtesy of Pepsi (First 5,000 moms on May 12 vs. Phillies)
· Boy Scout Night Sleepover (May 24 vs. Padres)
· D. Baxter Fan, courtesy of CenturyLink (First 10,000 fans on May 25 vs. Padres)
· D-backs Memorial Day Doubleheader (May 27 vs. Rangers)
D-backs Snapback Cap, courtesy of Budweiser (First 5,000 fans 21 and older at the 12:40 p.m. game on May 27 vs. Rangers)
· Aaron Hill #BiCycle Bobblehead, courtesy of Arizona Sports 620 (First 20,000 fans on June 8 vs. Giants)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (June 9 vs. Giants)
· MLB Network Drawstring Bag (First 20,000 fans June 22 vs. Reds)
· D-backs Stars and Stripes T-shirt, courtesy of Ram Trucks (First 15,000 fans on July 5 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Playing Cards, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 5,000 fans 21 and older on July 12 vs. Brewers)
· Native American Recognition Day (July 13 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Beach Towel, courtesy of Gila River Casinos (First 20,000 fans on July 13 vs. Brewers)
· Back-To-School Backpack, courtesy of Cox Communications (First 5,000 kids on July 14 vs. Brewers)
· D-backs Luchador Mask (First 20,000 fans on July 27 vs. Padres)
· Paul Goldschmidt Bobblehead (First 20,000 fans on August 10 vs. Mets)
· Miguel Montero Growth Chart, courtesy of Arizona Milk Producers (First 5,000 kids on August 11 vs. Mets)
· D-backs Alumni Night (August 31 vs. Giants)
· Labor Day Game (September 2 vs. Blue Jays)
· Faith & Family Night Concert, presented by Grand Canyon University (September 13 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Hispanic Heritage Day, presented by Budweiser (September 14 vs. Rockies)
· Miguel Montero Bobblehead, courtesy of Subway (First 20,000 fans on September 14 vs. Rockies)
· D-backs Luchador Cape, courtesy of Circle K (First 5,000 kids on September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Bark in the Park, presented by Pet Club (September 15 vs. Rockies)
· Roberto Clemente Day (September 18 vs. Dodgers)
· D-backs Car Show Street Festival (September 29 vs. Nationals)
· 2014 Magnet Schedule (First 20,000 fans on September 30 vs. Nationals)

The D-backs 4-Pack will be available starting March 4 and will allow fans to choose any four games with affordable seating options in all levels at Chase Field. Also on March 4, the D-backs Value Pack will be available for single-game purchase.  For $21, fans will receive a game ticket in the bleachers, a regular size hot dog, a 24 ounce drink, and a special offer from Subway®. For more information on ticket packages, visit www.dbacks.com/tickets.

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TREO adds to leadership

The TREO Board of Directors announced the following new leadership additions:

> New Vice Chairman of the Board/Chair-Elect: Guy Gunther, Vice President and General Manager, Tucson and Greater Arizona, CenturyLink. The Vice Chairman serves a key leadership role in partnership with the Chairman of the Board, and serves as Chair-Elect for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.

New Chairman’s Circle Members:
> Karen D. Mlawsky, CEO, University of Arizona Medical Center
> Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority

“We’re thrilled to continue adding top business leadership to our ranks,” said Steve Eggen, retired CFO, Raytheon Missile Systems. “We have put together the right critical mass of leaders to accelerate our economic growth.”

As CenturyLink’s Vice President and General Manager, Guy Gunther is responsible for Northern and Southern Arizona markets for voice, data, entertainment and managed services, including P&L, field operations, customer experience, direct and indirect sales channels, network development and community relations. Gunther has over 20 years of senior management experience in telecommunications, consulting firms and finance. “I am honored to become part of the leadership of this effective organization,” said Gunther. “TREO is the connective tissue in the region – promoting our assets and creating value for companies looking to establish or expand operations in Southern Arizona.”

As CEO of the Hospital Division of The University of Arizona Health Network, Karen Mlawsky oversees both The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus and The University of Arizona Medical – South Campus, as well as dozens of affiliated clinics and physicians’ offices. She previously served as vice president of oncology services for University Medical Center in Tucson and spent more than 13 years at the Ohio State University Medical Center. “Health care will likely be one of the top job-creating industries, regardless of a slow economic recovery,” said Mlawsky. “There is tremendous opportunity to contribute to our region’s economic development through teaching and training our future health-care workforce.”

Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted hundreds of companies that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs. With Governor Brewer’s visionary leadership, and a private sector board of directors made up of some of the state’s most successful CEOs, the ACA has established an aggressive five-year plan and is experiencing strong results in strengthening the state’s overall economy. “Partnering with regional groups such as TREO is critical to our overall success. TREO is central to a larger, collaborative movement in the state,” said Watson. “As a result of our strong, long-standing working relationship, we will continue to attract quality companies creating high-wage jobs in the Tucson region, benefitting the statewide economy.”

TREO Officers include:
> Chairman of the Board – Steve Eggen, (ret.) Chief Financial Officer, Raytheon Missile Systems
> Vice Chairman of the Board/Chair-Elect – Guy Gunther, Vice President and General Manager, Tucson and Greater Arizona, CenturyLink
> Immediate Past Chairman – Paul Bonavia, Chairman and CEO, UNS Energy Corp. & Tucson Electric Power Company
>  Secretary/Treasurer – Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Southern Arizona, Cox Communications

TREO is governed by a 16-member Chairman’s Circle, which serves as a key advisory group for business development strategy and represents the Tucson region to national business prospects, and a 46-member Board of Directors.

TREO continues its Chairman’s Circle/Board of Directors expansion efforts begun in 2010. Economic development is a high priority, demanding increased engagement from the key companies, organizations and people that drive the Southern Arizona economy. TREO leadership recognizes the importance of providing strong thought leadership for community development and strengthening the Tucson “product” and positioning as a business center.

The above new members join other leaders providing both private and public sector perspective in accelerating economic development. For a complete listing of the TREO Chairman’s Circle and Board of Directors, visit http://www.treoaz.org/About-TREO-Board-of-Directors.aspx.

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CenturyLink workers in Arizona authorize strike

CenturyLink workers in 13 western states have voted to authorize a strike if union leaders can’t reach a new contract with the communications company. The workers at issue are in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Communications Workers of America announced Monday that more than 88 percent of those voting backed the action.

The union and Monroe, La.-based CenturyLink are trying to reach a new contract for 13,000 employees, who formerly worked for Qwest Communications, before the current contract expires Saturday night. The employees include customer service agents, network technicians and Internet support workers.

The union approved a strike in 2008 but a work stoppage wasn’t ordered.

CWA spokesman Al Kogler said the union opposes a proposed increase in health care premiums and wants to bring more jobs back to the United States.

CenturyLink workers in Montana are negotiating a separate contract.

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CenturyLink Celebrates National Safe Digging Month

This April marks the fifth annual National Safe Digging Month, and CenturyLink, Inc. is reminding Arizona residents to always call 811 a few days before any digging project.

When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to the local one-call center, which notifies CenturyLink and other appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with flags, paint or both. According to the Common Ground Alliance’s Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) report, a utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of the professional excavator or homeowner to call 811 before beginning their digging project.

Striking a single line can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient outages. Every digging project, no matter how large or small, warrants a call to 811. Installing a mailbox, building a deck and planting a tree or garden are all examples of digging projects that should only begin after calling 811 to have underground lines appropriately marked.

“As April marks the traditional start of digging season, we are reminding individuals and companies to call 811 before they begin digging,” said Ken McMahon, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Phoenix. “By calling 811 to have the underground utility lines in their area marked, homeowners and professionals are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

The depth of utility lines can vary for a number of reasons, such as erosion, previous digging projects and uneven surfaces. Utility lines need to be properly marked because even when digging only a few inches, the risk of striking an underground utility line still exists.

For more information, visit www.call811.com.